Volunteer of the Year Awards 2024: nominations now open

Volunteer of the YearThe University of Manchester is home to amazing individuals who, in addition to their studies, dedicate their time to various causes. Now is your chance to recognise their efforts in our annual Volunteer of the Year Awards!

Make a nomination before Monday, 4 March (10:00 am).

Celebrating the very best of volunteering, these awards allow The University of Manchester and community partners to acknowledge those who epitomise making a difference. Even if you are not affiliated with The University, you can still nominate someone for an award.

This year’s awards will feature the Student of the Year (for volunteering benefiting the wider community) and Student Group of the Year, along with the newly introduced Student of the Year (for volunteering benefiting other students) category.

It’s important to note that staff and alumni are now celebrated in the fantastic ‘Making a Difference Awards’ and the Volunteer of the Year Awards are exclusively for student volunteers.

Very often, nominees have been put forward by someone who knows them at the University. These individuals are often in a great position to explain the impact these nominees have made in their communities.

Last year’s winners initiated projects advocating for access to education for young people struggling with mental health, ran a code club to teach basic coding to youth, demonstrated exceptional commitment to the Scout Association, and volunteered with St John Ambulance. Winning groups supported individuals facing womb cancer, provided CPR and basic life support skills training, and aided homeless women dealing with period poverty.

Be inspired by the stories of our past winners and place your nomination on the Volunteer of the Year Awards website.

Important information:

  • Entries are to be submitted to the volunteering website.
  • The deadline for entries is Monday, 4 March (10:00).
  • Candidates can self-nominate or be nominated by a third party.
  • Individuals and teams (for student groups) can enter.
  • If you have any trouble accessing the nomination form, please email volunteers@manchester.ac.uk.